Catkins and pussy willow dancing in the wind on the bank by Saxonhouse. A pair of great tits exploring a nest box (no-oo: no babies yet, please!) Daffodils, violets and primroses in the garden. Nature seems determined to make a very early start this year.
Saxonhouse too has its new beginning: the Kickstarter campaign. We’ve always been of a very independent mindset and have not previously accepted funding as we wanted to retain complete control over what goes on here. We were put off funding when one would-be sponsor insisted that, if we were to open publicly, we should have a children’s play area, as children ‘would not be interested’ in the history!
However we have asked for help recently, as Saxonhouse’s thatching needs some TLC: the ridge on the thatch needs replacing and the thatch itself some attention. This is essential if the building is to remain waterproof and not disintegrate in the weather. It has done very well so far: this level of care is to be expected.
To this end we launched our Kickstarter campaign.
We have been delighted with the response. I had half thought ‘Why would anyone donate?’ Well, we have been told why: many people love the place! Whether they have visited with a friend or in a group, to research the history or to relax in the tranquility of the site, to attend a ritual or a seasonal bonfire – or even not visited in person at all, but followed our news on Facebook - people have gone to the Kickstarter site and pledged money. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family, ex students and strangers.
Now can we ask you to share our campaign with anyone who you think would love to visit us in the real or internet world - or who might think to do so in the future and would like to find Saxonhouse still in good health.
Much joy to you all in this (almost) Spring of 2016!
Jude Jones is a co-founder of Saxonhouse with husband Steve. For many years a teacher of English and Drama, both in mainstream secondary schools and in specialist schools, she is now semi-retired. The new venture with Demeter House School means she does not yet completely have to give up teaching!
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